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Climate change and its implications - Address to the CPRE Oxfordshire Annual General Meeting 2013. Held in Wallingford, Oxon, 29 June 2013.
Climate change and conflict - Address for a Climate Change Workshop at Arizona State University at Tempe, 10 April 2013.
The Tickell interactive climate network is operated by the Climate Institute in Washington DC. "The Tickell network aims to link climate science research, large-scale climate education and tools to empower the citizenry to understand global climate change and implement climate solutions. This rapidly growing Interactive Network, named for Sir Crispin Tickell, the Climate Institute's Chairman and an environmental hero in Mexico and UK, seeks to achieve widespread public education in climate science while inspiring the visitors to climate theatres at museums and educational parks to become climate problem solvers using their smart phones, laptops and desktops."
Sea level rise and its implications - a lecture to the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival, 1 May 2011.
Climate change: the science and the politics - opinion piece published in The Times, 6 December 2010, during the run-up to the Cancun climate conference.
Societal responses to the Anthropocene - published in the Theme Issue of the Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society, 13 March 2011: "The Anthropocene: a new epoch of geological time?". "The idea that humans could so transform the land surface, seas and atmosphere of the Earth to establish a new geological epoch in their own name is startling in itself, and would have amazed earlier generations. Yet, since the beginning of the industrial revolution some 250 years ago, humans have profoundly affected the Earth and all life on it. The consequences are becoming more evident every day, but in the longer term remain almost unknowable ... "
Mexico and Latin American Climate Protection Programs operated by the Climate Institute. These include the Sir Crispin Tickell Climate Observatory, the world's highest climate observatory (15,000 ft/4500 m) atop Sierra Negra in Pico de Orizaba National Park in the State of Puebla; the Tickell Observatory Education and Outreach Center in Flor del Bosque, an environmental education park in Puebla; and the Tickell Interactive Network of education and outreach centers.
The challenge is clearer than ever - the response has yet to come - A review of The Economics and Politics of Climate Change, edited by Dieter Helm and Cameron Hepburn. Oxford University Press 2009 538 pp. Published in the Financial Times 28 November 2009.
Environment and the Muslim Heritage - notes for speech to the Muslim Heritage Awareness Group of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilization. The Royal Society, 14 July 2009.
Carbon trading and cash values on forests cannot curb carbon emissions - Oscar Reyes argues that climate change solutions cannot be created by unfettered markets, despite what business leaders think, The Guardian, Thursday 28 May 2009. "When Sir Crispin Tickell had the temerity to suggest that 'the business community needs to re-examine the fundamentals of economics' at the recent World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen, his discordant tone was drowned out by a chorus of more than 800 delegates singing the praises of unfettered markets as a means to tackle climate change ... "
The future of cities: hazards of environmental change - RIBA Trust Lecture: International Dialogues: Architecture and Climate Change. Royal Institute of British Architects, 21 October 2008.
Climate change and its challenges for the international legal system - Lecture to the Annual Conference of the British Institute of International & Comparative Law. Brunei Gallery, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, Friday 17 October 2008.
Attitudes to sustainability in China: past, present and future - China Now: Norton Rose Sustainability Conference 2008. Delivered at 3 More London Riverside, 19 February 2008.
Climate change: the hazards and opportunites for agriculture - address to the Oxford Farming Conference, 4 January 2008, at the Examination Schools, Oxford University. The 2008 Frank Parkinson Lecture.
World′s highest climate observatory to be named for Sir Crispin Tickell - lead article in Climate Alert winter 2008, published by the Climate Institute (HTML version). "On September 24, 2007 the Climate Institute announced that it is naming for Sir Crispin Tickell a new High Altitude Climate Observatory in Pico de Orizaba National Park. The Tickell Climate Center will be the first high altitide climate observatory in Mexico and the highest of its kind in the world. ... "
World′s highest climate observatory to be named for Sir Crispin Tickell - lead article in Climate Alert winter 2008, published by the Climate Institute (.pdf version). It reports: "On September 24, 2007 the Climate Institute announced that it is naming for Sir Crispin Tickell a new High Altitude Climate Observatory in Pico de Orizaba National Park. The Tickell Climate Center will be the first high altitide climate observatory in Mexico and the highest of its kind in the world ... ". Note: This links to the entire Climate Alert issue as .pdf file.
Threats to cities: hazards of environmental change - a lecture at Arizona State University, 6 March 2007. "Those of us who live in industrial countries have to recognize that the last 250 years have been a bonanza of inventiveness, exploitation and consumption which may not continue ... "
Climate change - the hazards - Lecture at the University of Sheffield, 13 February 2007. "Perhaps the point that still escapes many people is the limited, ephemeral and precarious character of the global environment. Our whole being is within a wafer-thin atmosphere surrounding the surface of a planet as it turns in space at exactly the right distance from the Sun for life. We are tiny parts of a system of life whose complexity passes, and always will pass, human understanding ... "
Climate change: implications for security - A lecture to the Royal United Services Institute for Defence & Security Studies (RUSI) Conference on "Climate Change: The Global Security Impact". At RUSI, Whitehall, London; 24 January 2007. "Fears about climatic, change have replaced the equally apocalyptic fears of nuclear annihilation during the Cold War. It is therefore no wonder that military authorities have taken more interest in it than others who find it hard to come to grips with its complex implications. Yet not many governments have so far taken seriously the papers written by such people as the Pentagon or the British Ministry of Defence, and incorporated into their strategic planning ... ".
Gaia and the human impact: Earth system science - Lecture to the Annual Conference of The Association for Science Education, University of Birmingham, 4 January 2007. "Change rarely proceeds in curves. It goes in steps and thresholds. Due perhaps to the shortness of our individual lives and our lack of imagination we tend to believe that what we know - the current diversity of life and the climate around us - will only change within narrow limits; and that if nature is allowed to take its course, things will revert to where they were. Unfortunately history gives no foundation for this belief ... "
Climate change: the need for a global response - speech to the Institute for Transatlantic, European & American Studies, Dundee University: 23 November 2006.
Environmental challenges facing the property industry - Keynote address to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors International Valuation Conference at the Institute of Civil Engineers, London, 15 November 2006.
Vulnerable Earth - The Robert C. Barnard Environmental Lecture 2006. Delivered to the AAAS, Washington DC, 18 September 2006. "Our whole being is within a wafer-thin atmosphere surrounding the surface of a planet as it turns in space at exactly the right distance from the Sun for life. We are tiny parts of a system of life whose complexity passes, and always will pass, human understanding ... "
People and rainforests - speech to the International Rangers Federation 5th World Congress: People & Place: the natural connection. Stirling University,16 June 2006.
Climate change : the global challenge - address to the Second International Solar Cities Congress, Monday 3 April 2006, at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. The only serious question is how long is the long term, how much time have we got, and what should now be done before more damage is done to the global atmosphere and the society we have built on the surface of the Earth ...
The road to and from Kyoto (2) - Lecture to the South East Climate Change Partnership Annual Forum, the Langstone Hotel, Hayling Island, Hampshire. 7 July 2005.
Climate change: warming, cooling, dimming and the consequences - Address to the Manchester Luncheon Club, Freemasons' Hall, Manchester, on 7 April 2005.
The road to and from Kyoto (1) - Lecture at Merton College, Oxford. 11 February 2005. "Change usually takes place for three main reasons. First through leadership from above by institutions or individuals; secondly through public pressure from below; and thirdly - however regrettably - through some useful catastrophes to jerk us out of our inertia into more sensible courses."
Are we pushing Gaia too hard? - The 46th Annual Bennett Lecture for the 50th Anniversary of Geology, University of Leicester, February 1 2005. "Gaia is a lady who has remained broadly the same underneath, but can wear many clothes for many weathers and many fashions. She has no particular tenderness for humans. "
World 'will act on climate gases' - BBC online report by Alex Kirby of CT's UNEP / World Conservation Monitoring Centre Lecture, 4 November 2004, Cambridge. "Sucking up to car drivers or calling for new airports does not suggest that all politicians have yet understood what is at stake ... ".
Environment on the edge - The UNEP / World Conservation Monitoring Centre Lecture, 4 November 2004.
Making growth sustainable - Notes for talk on Sustainable Development, State Environment Protection Agency. Beijing: 20 April 2004.
Provoke the beast and create a very nasty atmosphere - Book review: The Discovery of Global Warming, by Spencer R. Weart. Published in the Times Higher Education Supplement, 16 April 2004.
Climate change and the variety of life - a lecture delivered at the Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh, 14 April 2004, as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival. "the price of sticking to our present system of values and not adapting to new ones is intolerably high. So far all past urban civilizations - some 30 of them - have crashed. None over time learned how to reach a well-regulated steady state with population in balance with natural resources. There is no reason to believe that ours is any different. Indeed current signs are to the contrary ... ".
The impact of climate change on the economy - speech to the Woodhouse Group, University of Leeds, 10 February 2004. "It is notoriously difficult to distinguish natural from man made processes, but there is a growing consensus, expressed in successive reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, that the human contribution is now having a significant if not decisive effect."
International Governance for Sustainable Development - a talk to the OECD Ministerial Round Table on Sustainable Development, OECD: Paris.
Johannesburg and its aftermath - lecture to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Climate change and the Kyoto Protocol - Notes for a talk at Harvard University. "I remember that before the Rio Summit of 1992 George Bush senior tried to reassure the American people by saying that no-one was going to change the American way of life. He was dead wrong. North Americans must change their way of life, as we in Europe must change ours. Otherwise Nature will do what she has done to over 99% of species that have ever lived, and do the job for us."
Communicating Climate Change - Published in Science Volume 297, Number 5582, Issue of 2 Aug 2002. " I remember the editor of a leading British broadsheet dismissing climate change as yesterday's story. News has to have a beginning and an end, and often has to be artificially polarized. A process that occurs over years or centuries is hard to report on very often. Moreover, the story carries uncomfortable implications... "
Sustainability and conservation: prospects for Johannesburg - lecture to the Society for Conservation Biology Conference at the University of Kent at Canterbury, on the prospects for the [then] forthcoming Johannesburg Summit; 15 July 2002.
Climate change - why is the US approach different from that of the rest of the world? - a talk to the Annual Meeting of Marshall Scholars. Carpenters Hall, London, 13 May 2002.
Scientists and Gaia - "The Gaia hypothesis is a human observation about the relationship between life and its physical environment work on the surface of the Earth. It at once a very old idea and a very new one. What was first a kind of analogy has now become an integrative factor in modern science." For the Financial Times.
US facing climate isolation - article by Alex Kirby for BBC News Online, 29 March 2001.
Risks of conflict - resource and population pressures - Linacre Lecture, University of Oxford. "Looking ahead at the prospects for conflict, we seem to be in for a bumpy ride. Violence within and between communities and between nation states could well increase. The precedents are all around us. It would be nave to expect otherwise, and we must be prepared for it..."
Something new under the sun - review of Something New Under the Sun - An Environmental History of the Twentieth Century, by John McNeill. "For once there is something new under the sun. Up to now there has been a precedent for most things: population explosions of particular plants or animals; periodical extinctions; changes in soil fertility; rapid global cooling and rapid global warming; even impacts of objects from outer space. But in the history of life ... there has been nothing like the impact of one animal species - our own - on the condition of the earth, and most of it within a single century ... "
Science, public policy and climate change - Interview with Sir Crispin Tickell by Barbara Geary of Rolex. "If the US persists in being the world's biggest polluter, then the rest of the world will have to consider introducing measures such as taxing US exports to compensate for the lack of a national emissions tax in the United States. "
Visions of the 21st Century - a view to the future at the turn of the Millennium. "In so far as we can peer a hundred years ahead, we can wish our successors well, and hope that they will enjoy more of an equilibrium than is possible in our own unsustainable and crowded but creative society... I suspect that they will look back on us as a messy, short-sighted, wasteful, crude, and aggressive lot. Let us hope they are not the same."
El Nino and its significance - An evening discourse at the Royal Institution, London. "In this lecture I want to bring out the smallness and variable conditions in our living space and the enormous effects which even relatively minor and temporary changes can make in it. I want to look not only at the history and science of the El Nino phenomenon, but also at climate change in general and the vulnerability of all species, including our own, to such change, the more so at a time when human activity is seen to be accelerating it..."
Introduction to Climatic Change and World Affairs (second edition, 1986).
The causes of climate change - Chapter 1 of Climatic Change and World Affairs (second edition, 1986).
The human response to change - Chapter 2 of Climatic Change and World Affairs (second edition, 1986).
A call for action - Chapter 3 of Climatic Change and World Affairs (second edition, 1986).

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